Snake River Spring Chinook Catch Limit
by Mark Yuasa
A lower than expected catch rate and a boost in the harvest allotment has allowed state Fish and Wildlife to now boost the catch limit of adult hatchery spring chinook to two daily along the Snake River.
According to state fishery managers a lower than normal catch rate have produced a current harvest estimate for spring chinook in the Snake of 290 adult fish.
That along with the run update to the preseason forecast the harvest allotment has also increased to 1,421 adult fish. This leaves 1,131 adult fish still on the table for anglers to catch.
The Snake below Ice Harbor Dam is open Fridays and Saturdays only from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco upriver about seven miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam.
Fishing is open Sundays and Mondays only on the Snake below Little Goose Dam from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river up to the Tucannon River mouth) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the rock and concrete area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as "the Wall" in front of the juvenile collection facility).
Fishing is allowed Sundays and Mondays only in Clarkston area from the downstream edge of the large power lines crossing the Snake River (just upstream from West Evans Road on the south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles to the Washington state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the WA/ID boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore).
The daily limit is six hatchery-marked chinook, and no more than two may be an adult chinook salmon. Anglers must stop fishing for salmon when the hatchery adult limit has been retained for the day.
The minimum size of any chinook kept is 12 inches. Jacks are fish considered less than 24 inches long. Barbless hooks are required. A night closure is in effect for salmon and sturgeon. It is illegal to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank) when fishing for all species except sturgeon.
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